caught at the falls of Amoskeag, upon game, and upon such products of the soil as beans, potatoes, samp, and barley.
It is only since the year 1800 that tea and coffee, those ridiculous and effeminating drinks, came into anything like general use among them.
It was not till some time after the Revolution that a chaise was seen in Londonderry, and even then it excited great wonder, and was deemed an unjustifiable extravagance.
Shoes, we are told, were little worn in the summer, except on Sundays and holidays; and then they were carried in the hand to within a short distance of the church, where they were put on I There was little buying and selling among them, but much borrowing and lending.
If a neighbor killed a calf, says one writer, no part of it was sold; but it was distributed among relatives and friends, the poor widow always having a piece; and the minister, if he did not get the shoulder, got a portion as good.
The women were robust, worked on the farms in the busy seas
, but he could see the blue mist that rose from its surface every morning and evening, and hung over it, a cloud veiling a Mystery.
And he could see the long line of green knoll-like hills thatformed its opposite shore.
And he could go down on Sundays to the shore itself, and stand in the immediate presence of the lake.
Nor is it a slight thing for a boy to see a great natural object which he has been learning about in his school books; nor is it an uninfluential circumstance for him to liv mother a leaning to the Presbyterian.
But neither were members of a church, and neither were particularly devout.
The father, however, was somewhat strict in certain observances.
He would not allow novels and plays to be read in the house on Sundays, nor an heretical book at any time.
The family, when they lived near a church, attended it with considerable regularity—Horace among the rest.
Sometimes the father would require the children to read a certain number of chapters in the Bible on
It is said, by one who worked beside him at Erie, that he could tell the name, post-office address, and something of the history and political leanings, of every member of Congress; and that he could give the particulars of every important election that had occurred within his recollection, even, in some instances, to the county majorities.
And thus, in earnest work and earnest reading, seven profitable and not unhappy months passed swiftly away.
He never lost one day's work.
On Sundays, he read, or walked along the shores of the lake, or sailed over to the Island.
His better fortune made no change either in his habits or his appearance; and his employer was surprised, that month after month passed, and yet his strange journeyman drew no money.
Once, Mr. Sterritt ventured to rally him a little upon his persistence in wearing the hereditary homespun, saying, Now, Horace, you have a good deal of money coming to you; don't go about the town any longer in that outlandish rig
dispute about commas
the shoemaker's boarding-house
grand banquet on Sundays.
He took the canal-boat at Buffalo and came as far as Lockport, whence he walked a few miles to Gaines, and stayed a ays when help was needed—a most inconvenient kind of reputation.
Among mechanics, money is generally abundant enough on Sundays and Mondays; and they spend it freely on those days.
Tuesday and Wednesday, they are only in moderate circumstances.
T season; and that, not unfrequently, a desire for something delicious steals over the souls of boarders, particularly on Sundays, between 12, M. and 1., P. M. The eatinghouse revolution had then just begun, and the institution of Dining Down Town wad man established a Sixpenny Dining Saloon in Beekman-street, which was the talk of the shops in the winter of 1831.
On Sundays Horace and his friends, after their return from Mr. Sawyer's (Universalist) church in Orchardstreet, were accustomed to
ed him of the fact, and desired the proper correction.
Living four miles beyond the New York Post Office, I might fairly have let the account stand as it was, but I did not.
Jan. 18th. Mr. Greeley's own suggestion with regard to Mileage appears in the Tribune:
1. Reduce the Mileage to a generous but not extravagant allowance for the time and expense of travelling;
2. Reduce the ordinary or minimum pay to $5 per day, or (we prefer) $8 for each day of actual service, deducting Sundays, days of adjournment within two hours from the time of assembling, and all absences not caused by sickness;
3. Whenever a Member shall have served six sessions in either House, or both together, let his pay thenceforward be increased fifty per cent., and after he shall have served twelve years as aforesaid, let it be double that of an ordinary or new Member;
4. Pay the Chairman of each Committee, and all the Members of the three most important and laborious Committees of each Hous
ngress, perhaps, and I am not at all surprised when I hear it whispered, That's Horace Greeley.
I prick up my ears, and resolve to follow him wherever he goes.
Horatius, let me assure you, is a person in whose mind there lingers none of childhood's reverence for the institution of Sunday clothes.
Do not conclude from this circumstance that he is one of those superfine gentlemen who, in their magnanimous endeavor to differ from the profane vulgar, contrive to be as shabbily dressed on Sundays, when others dress in their best, as they are elegantly attired on Saturdays, when people in general are shabbiest.
Horatius is no such person.
No fine gentleman could be brought on any terms to appear in Broadway in the rig he wore on this occasion.
My eye was first caught by his boots, which were coarse, large and heavy, such as dangle from the ceiling of a country store, such as stalk a-field when ploughmen go forth to plough.
This particular pair can never, in the whole course of th